2021 National U16 Matchplay Facts and Figures
By John Manning
Conor Mullins ensured a Westmeath win for the first time in the National Boys’ Matchplay Championship. Two Westmeath players have won the Boys’ Strokeplay – Conor’s brother Jack and Kevin Metcalfe (Rochfortbridge). Conor certainly likes the Glenville course. His Boys’ Matchplay victory was preceded by a Leinster Inter-County win with Westmeath in 2018 at Glenville.
He was second in the Leinster Schools tournament with Mercy College Kilbeggan there in 2019 and Conor finished runner-up at Glenville to Patrick Mitchell in the 2019 National Strokeplay. His success ensured that Westmeath is the third county to supply the winner of both the National Boys’ Matchplay Championship and the National Boys’ Matchplay Plate. He contested the National Boys’ Matchplay championship semi-finals a year after he reached the same stage of the Plate.
Conor also reached the National Under-16 Matchplay championship last four a year after his brother Jack reached the same stage.
Mark Cadden narrowly failed to emulate fellow Meath players Evan Carry and Seanie Bellew as winners of the National Under-16 Matchplay Championship. Mark is the first Oldcastle member to be runner-up in any Pitch and Putt Ireland national championship. Mark’s runner-up performance is the second-in-a-row in the National Boys’ Matchplay by a player representing a Leinster club.
Brian McCarthy is the sixth winner of the Boys’ 10-13 National Strokeplay Championship to reach a National Boys’ Matchplay semi-final. Robbie Harnett becomes the eighth player in history to contest semi-finals in both the National Boys’ Matchplay Championship and National Boys’ Matchplay Plate.
Adam O’Brien becomes the first player representing a Tipperary club to win the National Boys’ Matchplay Plate event.
Luke Kilpatrick is the first player from the Glenville club to be National Boys’ Matchplay Plate runner-up. Luke’s runner-up spot in the Plate is the first by a player representing a Leinster club since 2016.
Mark O’Regan was a National Boys’ Matchplay Plate semi-finalist for the second successive year.
Rory Mitten is the first player representing a Co. Kildare club to reach the National Boys’ Matchplay Plate semi-finals.
Ella Moynihan built on her second placing in last year’s All-Ireland Girls’ Matchplay championship to be the first player representing a Co. Kerry club to claim the title. Ella is also the first player representing a Munster club to win the National Girls’ Matchplay Championship.
Sarah Cooney is the first player representing a Co. Louth club to reach the National Girls’ Matchplay final. Gemma Cuffe played in the National Girls’ Matchplay semi-finals for the second successive year.
Beth O’Donoghue is the first player representing a Co. Kildare club to reach the National Girls’ Matchplay semi-finals.
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